Team India suffered a five-wicket loss against West Indies in the second T20I at Warner Park in Basseterre, St Kitts on Monday, August 1. They could not put up a united performance in the match, as both their batting and the bowling unit failed to make an impact. After losing the first match, West Indies made a good comeback in the second to equal the five-match T20I series 1-1.
Batting first, India managed only 138 runs before getting bowled out. Obed McCoy dismissed skipper Rohit Sharma on the first delivery of the match. From then, India kept on losing wickets at regular intervals. McCoy finished the match with six wickets, as he rattled the Indian batting attack. In reply, West Indies chased down the target in the last over.
We will look to bounce back in the third T20I. 👍 👍
— BCCI (@BCCI) August 1, 2022
Devon Thomas slammed the winning boundary and remained unbeaten on 31 runs. Brandon King also scored a fifty in the match. Heading into the third T20I, India will be keen to get things back on track and take a lead in this five-match T20I series. On that note, let’s take a look at three changes that the Indian team can make for the third T20I against West Indies.
#3 changes India can make for the third T20I against West Indies
Ishan Kishan has been decent in white-ball cricket for India this year. He has done well in the opportunities that he has got so far. Ishan did not get a chance in the first two T20Is in this series, as India opened the innings with Suryakumar Yadav. Meanwhile, Shreyas Iyer batted at number three in the match.
However, Shreyas hasn’t been able to make much of an impact in the first two matches. He got out for a duck in the first and then for ten runs in the second. India might look at bringing in Ishan Kishan in place of Iyer and open the innings with him. In that case, Suryakumar Yadav will bat at number three for India.
The Indian team has another batter who is waiting to get an opportunity in this series. Deepak Hooda has probably been in the form of his life in the last few matches. In this small 6-matches T20I career so far, the youngster has scored 205 runs at an average of 68.33, and a strike rate of 172.26. His run tally includes a century against Ireland.
Team India can play Deepak Hooda at number three in the batting line-up in place of Shreyas Iyer as the former has done well at that position and is in good form. He has also opened the innings in one of the matches, scoring an unbeaten 47 runs knock. It will be interesting to see who gets the opportunity if India drops Shreyas Iyer from the XI.
Ravi Bishnoi had a good outing for India in the first T20I against West Indies at Brian Lara Stadium in Trinidad. He picked up a couple of wickets in the match, conceding only 26 runs at an economy rate of 6.5. India won that match by a massive margin of 68 runs. However, he was excluded from the XI in the second T20I as India included pacer Avesh Khan.
Ahead of the third T20I, India might bring Ravi Bishnoi to the team again Avesh did not have a great outing in the second T20I. He leaked runs at an economy rate of 13.3 and failed to defend 10 runs off the final over. The Rohit Sharma-led team might also replace Ravichandran Ashwin to bring Ravi Bishnoi into the team.